Health Systems and Pharmacy Teams Collaborate to Ensure Hospital Staff Are Vaccinated
Following state-wide distribution last Monday, Iowa hospitals began administering the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel. Although vaccine allocations were limited, central Iowa health systems collaborated to ensure frontline staff at each hospital could be vaccinated.
While the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was initially only distributed to six locations Iowa, two of central Iowa's health systems, UnityPoint Health and MercyOne – Des Moines, each transferred vaccine doses and supplies to a third central Iowa hospital, Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC).
This transfer of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies occurred under the direction of Iowa Department of Public Health and the coordinated efforts of pharmacy departments at the hospitals. Brian Seifert, Director of Pharmacy at Broadlawns Medical Center, stated, “There were a lot of moving parts that needed to be addressed by each pharmacy to make this happen. I personally appreciate the collaboration and help provided in transferring the vaccines to BMC.”Iowa Pharmacy Association's Executive Vice President & CEO, Kate Gainer, stated, “Hospital pharmacists have been preparing for weeks for the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses, and this story exemplifies the collaborative effort of Iowa's healthcare providers as we work together to end the pandemic.”